Located on the island of Nantucket, this boutique experience of world class wines and award winning food will forever change you. Over the past 21 years, the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival has become one of the most celebrated wine and food events in the country.
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Junior Top Chef Competition
10:00am - 12:00pm
White Elephant Village
19 N Water St,
Nantucket, MA 02584
Watch four teams of culinary students go head-to-head as they compete for the title of "Junior Top Chef Champion" with the prize of a $5,000 Culinary Scholarship benefiting the Nantucket High School Culinary Arts Program. Each team will have 30 minutes to strategize with their Chef Mentor, and then the clock will start ticking. The teams will be given a mystery basket of ingredients and will have one hour to prep, plate, and present their dishes to the Celebrity Chefs for judging. Judges include Chef Barbara Lynch of Barbara Lynch Gruppo, Brian Alberg of The Red Lion Inn and Ed Brylczyk of Dole & Bailey.
You can meander through the tent and enjoy breakfast as you watch the action unfold at the Junior Top Chef Competition hosted by Celebrity Chef Linkie Marais!
Admission is a $10 suggested donation to the Nantucket Food Pantry. Kids under 18 attend for free!
Brian Alberg, Executive Chef and Vice President of Culinary Development, The Red Lion Inn & Eat on North
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Brian is the Executive Chef at The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA a 125-room historic hotel with one seasonal and three year round restaurants and Eat on North Restaurant at the newly opened boutique Hotel on North in Pittsfield, MA.
In addition to his position as Executive Chef he is Vice President of Culinary Development for Main Street Hospitality Group, a privately held hotel management company originally founded at The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA. Brian oversees all aspects of food and beverage operations at Main Street Hospitality a portfolio, that in addition to The Red Lion Inn and Hotel on North, includes The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, The Williams Inn, a 125-room hotel at Williams College in Williamstown, MA, the Elm Street Market, a neighborhood café and grocery store in Stockbridge, MA, Main Street Events and Catering, Seeds Market Café at Hancock Shaker Village and several off site cafés at cultural venues.
Brian is the founding chair of Berkshire Farm & Table, a board member and mentor for the Railroad Street Youth Project,a board member of the Norman Rockwell museum, and past board president and member of Berkshire Grown. He is actively involved in the Chef’s Collaborative, Boston Chefs and James Beard Foundation.
Linkie Marais, Lifestyle Expert and Chef,
Beauty queen, award-winning baker and grill master are all extensions to her title, making Linkie Marais more than your average chef. With a love for exploring, cooking and the outdoors, her ‘will to grill’ stems all the way back to her unique blend of South African and Southern roots. Born in Evander, a town in northeastern South Africa, Linkie was raised in the kitchen, helping her mother prepare meals on a daily basis. With a lack of abundant fresh ingredients, she inherited her mother’s creativity, utilizing whatever they had available to create fresh and original meals. Immigrating to the U.S. in 1999, Linkie and her family settled in Tupelo, Mississippi where she began her culinary career piping cakes for a local catering company.
Upon obtaining a degree in Culinary Arts and a minor in Food Arts from Mississippi University for Women, Linkie's career took off as she held various pastry and executive chef positions in Oxford, Mississippi before making the move to Massachusetts’ acclaimed Montilio’s Bakery.
After discovering her love for grilling during a Big Green Egg® competition, Linkie’s passion for grilling began to take her career in a new and exciting direction. It’s clear that her meat-filled and resourceful South African culinary upbringing has had a tremendous impact on her cooking flair, as Linkie is considered the best among the few females who have mastered the art of grilling.